Definition of unburied in US English:



  • (especially of a dead body) not buried.

    • ‘So you will have mounds of unburied corpses on the streets, which means typhoid or cholera outbreaks.’
    • ‘Hours later, in the cold winds of winter, Yeltsik and Victor stood by the unburied soldier, the wind whipping their ears about, stinging their face, numbing their cheeks, fingers, and toes.’
    • ‘Harris and Davy found that the net photosynthesis of Elytrigia juncea after 2 d of complete burial was 30% lower than unburied controls.’
    • ‘Although the reader does not witness firsthand the killing of Beau Boutan, his dead body remains unburied and visible throughout most of the text.’
    • ‘The dusty barren ground was littered with piles of unburied corpses.’
    • ‘The dead marshes, with their unburied soldiers could be seen as the First World War trenches where Tolkien fought.’
    • ‘As they continue on the road, the sky is filled with carrion birds and wolves feed on the bodies of unburied orcs.’
    • ‘When the camp was liberated on April 15, 1945, the British found 10,000 unburied bodies, and 40,000 sick, starving, or wounded.’
    • ‘He ordered her to cast his unburied body into the middle of the public square.’
    • ‘The Palestinian Ministry of Health is saying that they fear the spread of diseases because of the number of unburied corpses.’
    • ‘An unburied corpse, left lying above ground for whatever reason, produced the opposite effect.’
    • ‘The alternative to this is to leave the cable unburied but with CRP protection over the unburied sections until such time as the flotels have left the site.’
    • ‘She had, for instance, several narratives about the ghost of an unburied child.’
    • ‘At these sites, the unburied or exhumed bones of the dead were left visible to make the genocide unavoidable.’
    • ‘As Julia Kristeva writes, an unburied corpse is ‘death infecting life.’’
    • ‘Since they remained unburied and unshriven, these unfortunates, as was noted earlier, were regarded as unclean dead.’
    • ‘The fighting was some of the worst in the war, with wounded being hit again as they lay on stretchers, and the smell of unburied bodies polluting the position.’
    • ‘A few months later other concentration camps are liberated - among them Bergen-Belsen, where thousands of unburied bodies are strewn over the ground.’
    • ‘In Euripedes there are traces of the belief that the unburied dead could not enter Hades, but were condemned to haunt the earth to which they remained indissolubly bound.’
    • ‘I remember studying Propertius with him, and the visit of the dead Cynthia, her bones grinding, the reference to the unburied Patroclus.’